Trauma and Fracture Care

This complex fracture of the tibia requires a trauma specialist and the use of special surgical devices such as screws, plates and fixators.

Managing the traumatically injured patient, especially those with multiple orthopedic injuries, often presents unique medical challenges. These patients often require immediate treatment at unpredictable hours such as nights, weekends and holidays. Treatment must often be initiated without the benefit of detailed history and physical examination, a pre-existing doctor-patient relationship, or insurance authorizations.

These patients typically need thoughtful, timely intervention to minimize complications, speed recovery, and return the patient to maximum functional capability. In patients with open fractures, emergent irrigation and debridement of the traumatic wounds is necessary. Most displaced unstable fractures require surgical stabilization. This often involves the use of implants such as plates and screws, intra-medullary nails, and external fixators.

Injuries requiring the intervention of a trauma specialist are generally acute in nature, although trauma specialists are often called upon to evaluate the chronic effects of past trauma. Patients with the following acute and chronic conditions may benefit from a trauma care specialist:

  • Fractures of upper or lower extremities
  • Complex periarticular injuries
  • Pelvic and acetabular fractures
  • Complex femoral fractures
  • Multiple injuries
  • Injuries requiring internal or external fixation
  • Injuries caused by falls, impacts or penetrating objects
  • Injuries requiring post-traumatic bone reconstruction
  • Nonunions and malunions
  • Infections and osteomyelitis

The surgeons at NWOS are committed to providing the finest medical care and case management for traumatic or multiply injured patients.